Released from prison, Stick meets up with a friend and joins him on a job delivering a bag. His friend gets killed in the setup. Stick gets away and is ready to forget all and see his daughter, but they won't forget.
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Ernest 'Stick' Stickley returns from prison, and very soon he gets involved with his old friend in a drug-running deal that goes sour. Hired by a rich investor, he tries to walk the line, but trouble follows him throughout as he tries to collect a debt and make up for lost time with his daughter. Stick also finds a new flame with a financial wiz and gets set to enjoy a new life, but Chucky and Nestor, the two hoods who owe him the debt, have other plans for Stick.Written by
Elmore Leonard, screenwriter and writer of the novel upon which this film is based, apparently disowned it after Universal Pictures ordered extensive re-shoots. Leonard was very critical of star/director Burt Reynolds for what Leonard perceived as Reynolds' not fighting Universal hard enough to prevent the studio from doing it. See more »
After stick flees from the botched money drop in the van, Nestor is handed Stick's bag with his daughters picture. The bag would have been in the burning van. The pursuing thugs never reached the van before they fled from the fire. See more »
Be it ever so humble, there's no place like a three-and-a-half million dollar home!
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The UK video version was cut by 13 secs by the BBFC to remove footage of a cockfight during the opening credits. See more »
I agree with Chuck O'Leary from Pittsburg. I loved this movie. In fact, in the mid-80's it was one of the first VHS tape productions that made my sorry old Samsung (1973) look good! I ran the sound in "hi-fi stereo" through my stereo rig and this was my first home theater (don't laugh!). Anyway, the story is good and if you like Burt, well, you have to see the movie. Unfortunately, no DVD out yet, nor any great demand. But, hey, if Green Ice can be released on DVD, can Stick be far behind?
Things to look for on the (eventual) DVD . . . the many fine Florida sunsets. There's lots of "perfect lighting" in this movie, with both exterior and interior shots. The bad guys are sufficiently deserving of your verbal lashing. Finally the soundtrack is very mood inducing but not ornate. Think Miami Vice meets Live or Die in LA. I'd give the movie as a whole, 7 out of 10 stars, especially considering its age.
Oh one last thing, very important. Hit the mute button when Candice Bergman starts to sing. Life's too short. . . .
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